Welcome to Week 4. Last week we saw a lot of familiar faces posting monster stats. However, I was blown away by Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum. If I’m Sam Bradford (knee), I would walk, limp or crawl back to the field ASAP.
Speaking of the Vikings, I benched Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs last week and missed out on his line of eight receptions, 173 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets. I justified the move because of Bradford’s Week 2 absence and the resulting poor performance from Diggs. However, Keenum ended up playing well and Diggs benefited as a result.
This week, Diggs will face Detroit, owners of an average defense ranked 15th against wide receivers. It’s not an exceptional matchup, but I don’t care. Keenum saw the light and emphasized Diggs in Week 3 and should continue to do so in Week 4. Diggs has become such an integral part of the Vikes’ passing game and he should be in the lineup from here on out. I “dig” Diggs as a WR2 this time around.
Another wideout whose numbers have suffered due to his quarterback’s injury is Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. After two weeks of below average production, Hilton broke out in Week 3 to post seven receptions, 153 yards and one touchdown on a sweet nine targets, all from understudy quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
I know what you’re thinking. The Colts will face a tough Seattle defense this week, so Hilton will not record significant numbers. I thought that as well, but the stats reveal the Browns and Seahawks have performed equally well agaisnt the position. Both have only allowed two touchdowns to wide receivers in 2017 and allowed less than 50 yards per game to the position. Plus, I can envision the Colts having to play catch up agaisnt the Seahawks, which should equate to more passing attempts and many likely directed at Hilton. Touting two wide receivers for big performances while their starting quarterbacks are injured is not normally advisable, but I’m going to do it. As advised earlier with Diggs, get Hilton in the game. Consider him a WR3 versus the Seahawks.
What are we going to do about Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce? First, if he draws one more unsportsmanlike penalty, I’ll scream at my TV until I develop a world-record case of laryngitis. After a monster Week 2, Kelce disappeared in Week 3, phoning in a disastrous line of one catch for one yard. Well, all is not lost for the Chiefs tight end. We all know he can and will bounce back and I think he’ll do it this week against a Washington defense that has yielded 10.3 fantasy points per game against tight ends in 2017. Sure, Washington has allowed but one touchdown to the position this season, but I think it’s realistic for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to get Kelce more involved in the Week 4 game plan after practically ignoring him in Week 3. Kelce should be back to his normal TE1 status versus Washington.
After a solid Week 1, Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy has posted rotten stats his last two games. This week he faces an Atlanta defense that has hemorrhaged the fifth highest fantasy points to the position (22.6 fantasy points per game). Look for McCoy to perform well against the Falcons in Week 4.
Miami running back Jay Ajayi posted a mere 25 combined yards against the Jets last week. The problem stemmed from the Dolphins trailing throughout the game and being forced to pass and abandon the run. Look for Ajayi to improve a great deal in Week 4 against an unspeakably bad New Orleans defense.
San Francisco wide receiver Pierre Garcon posted a breakout Week 3 and could be even better this week against an Arizona defense permitting 27.3 fantasy points per game to the position.
While his Week 4 matchup against a capable Washington run defense is not favorable, I won’t be the guy to tell you to bench Chiefs’ red-hot running back Kareem Hunt. He’s a RB1 until he proves otherwise.
FINAL SCORE: Kansas City over Washington 27-20.